Don’t Ignore Your Exterior

Exterior Remodeling

Giving your home an exterior upgrade can increase its curb appeal and make it look new and fresh. Some renovation work you can carry out includes a new coat of paint, structural additions, and some architectural changes that make the house look more current.

The exterior renovation will increase curb appeal, but some of the work you do will increase energy efficiency and increase the property’s overall value. Here are some upgrades that you can undertake for your home.

New Gutters

If you have old gutters that are leaking or are outdated, installing new gutters is a quick exterior renovation that will make the house look good while keeping rainwater away from home and leaving it dry. They also protect the siding, doors, and windows from water damage.

There are gutter options to choose from, such as:

  • Vinyl Gutters – these are easy to install and durable. They do not easily dent, chip, peel, or rust, which keeps them looking good for a long time.
  • Galvanized Steel Gutters – these gutters are very durable, do not rust, and keep a high shine. They are pricier than vinyl gutters because they last longer and can withstand damage from falling debris such as branches.
  • Seamless Gutters – these kinds of gutters are mostly made of aluminum with a finish of factory steel paint or copper. You can get those that will best suit your house exterior. Because their seamless nature gives the best protection from water damage, and they last long. Only specialized contractors install them, which make them a high-end product compared to the other kinds.

If you are installing new gutters, ensure that you do this before or soon after the rainy season to ensure no water damage when removed.

New Siding

New siding is an excellent way to have an exterior rennovation that will increase the value of the house. New siding is available in various materials such as vinyl, wood, fiber-cement, metal, engineered wood siding, and brick veneer siding. All these have their pros and cons, and you will choose based on what best matches the rest of the house.

New Windows

Windows are one of the first noticeable features of a house. If the windows are outdated, you can replace them with newer versions that are energy efficient. Aluminum framed windows are the cheapest, while composite material windows are the priciest. However, they are maintenance-free and will last for a long time.

Choose the windows based on your needs and the overall aesthetic of the house. Shutters can also upgrade the look of your home with different kinds of shutters, from wooden ones to vinyl ones. Your choice will be based on the windows and the architecture of the house.

Porch Repair

You can upgrade your porch by changing the steps if they are falling apart and repairing any flooring that may be damaged. You can also replace the railing with a more modern fence, such as a wooden railing or an iron-wrought one.

Fencing

When installing or replacing the existing fencing, there are different materials to choose from, including treated wood that lasts long. Cedar and Redwood last long because they are resistant to insects and rot. Other fencing materials are composite fencing made of recycled wood and plastic, metal fencing, chain link and vinyl fencing.